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Eagan & Burnsville Orthodontist Uses Incognito Self-Ligating Braces for Faster Treatment
ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – When considering braces that are comfortable, sleek and customized to reduce treatment time, Incognito braces have become the go-to appliance for Eagan and Burnsville Orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth.
Now that 3M Unitek, the company that manufactures Incognito, has created a self-ligating option, these appliances can reduce treatment time even further while rendering optimum results.
Incognito braces hit the market several years ago under the brand name iBraces. The company recently rebranded the product, said Eisenhuth, whose practice treats Eagan and Burnsville orthodontics patients with a variety of orthodontic appliances.
Incognito braces are the only braces on the market that are entirely customized to fit the contours of each individual patient’s teeth. Because they are lingual braces, meaning they fit onto the back of the teeth, no one will notice them.
Add in the self-ligating feature, and Incognito braces easily can be switched from passive to active mode. Eisenhuth said she likes the appliances because she can choose the level of engagement between each bracket and the archwire. They can be passive for aligning and leveling the teeth, or active for finishing.
This feature also is sometimes referred to as self-ligation “on demand,” meaning it is there when you need it or not when you don’t.
“It’s the best of both worlds, essentially,” she said.
Several studies have shown that self-ligating brackets reduce frictional forces, shorten the time a patient is in orthodontic treatment and offer easier, quicker archwire changes, said the Eagan and Burnsville invisible braces expert.
How The Process Works
The first step in getting Incognito brackets is consulting with Eisenhuth to determine whether each patient is a viable candidate for the appliances.
“Nearly everyone is a candidate,” she said, adding that Incognito braces can be used on adults and children. “Typically, you’re a traditional braces candidate, you also will be a good candidate for Incognito braces.”
To achieve the customized fit that is characteristic of Incognito braces, Eisenhuth takes an impression of the patient’s teeth. That impression is scanned into a computer and a skilled lab technician presents information back to Eisenhuth that she uses to accurately determine each patient’s treatment needs. The scanned impression also is used to create a 3-D model of the teeth.
Using that model, a lab technician creates the customized brackets and custom archwires that have been bent by a robot specifically for each patient. All appliances are sent back to the orthodontist, who bonds them onto the patient’s teeth.
The fabrication process takes approximately six weeks, and bonding the braces onto the teeth takes less than an hour.
Eisenhuth frequently uses Incognito braces on adult professionals who want the benefits of more comfortable, fast-acting treatment without others noticing that they are wearing braces, she said. She also uses them on teenagers who are active in contact sports and run the risk of occasionally being inadvertently hit in the mouth. She also recommends that children involved in contact sports wear custom-fitted mouth guards while engaging in those activities to protect not only the patient’s orthodontic appliances, but also the teeth.
Musicians who play wind instruments and people who simply are self-conscious about wearing braces that others can see are other good candidates for Incognito braces.
If you are in Eagan or Burnsville braces are just a phone call away. Call today to to learn more about Incognito braces, Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth’s practice or if you would like to schedule a consultation with her: (651) 406-8100 or visit her Web site: http://doctorjennifer.com/.
About Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth
Dr. Eisenhuth attended the University of Minnesota Dental School and graduated in the top of her class. She earned the Minnesota Association of Orthodontic Achievement Award and several academic achievement awards. She entered her orthodontic residency at the University of Minnesota and earned a certificate in orthodontics and a Master of Science degree.
Dr. Eisenhuth is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
She takes pride in caring for the orthodontic needs of residents in the Twin Cities- St. Paul and Minneapolis, and their surrounding regions, including St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville, Eagan and Eagan, Minnesota.
Her office is located at 3340 Sherman Court, Eagan, Minn., 55121.
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